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The State of Iowa is NUTS for Wrestling

March 15, 2012

Today (Thursday) tickets went on sale for the 2013 NCAA Wrestling Championships at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.  According to a tweet from one of my followers, Troy Hyde (@hawkeyeexaminer), they sold out in 15 minutes.  That’s right….FIFTEEN MINUTES.  Stunning.  But on the other hand, it shouldn’t be.  To put things in perspective, this year’s host (St Louis) didn’t sell out until the week of the tournament.

Des Moines has been STARVED to get the chance to host this event.  Ever since Wells Fargo Arena was built in 2005, city leaders have been petitioning the NCAA to be the host.  It’s well known how much the state of Iowa loves its wrestling.  The high school championships sell out every year.  It’s the most popular ticket.  Aside from a few concerts, it’s the only event that regularly sells out at “The Well.” 

The University of Iowa is also hosting the 2012 Olympic Wrestling Trials at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City next month.

I attended the 1993 NCAA Wrestling Championships in my final year as a student at Iowa State University, when the Cyclones last hosted the championships.  Dan Gable and the Iowa Hawkeyes routed Penn State by 46 points to capture the team title at Hilton Colesium.

Given the speed of ticket sales, I believe that Des Moines will now see multiple NCAA Wrestling Championships.

Fresh off of Grand View University’s NAIA Championship here this month, the capitol city once again gets a chance to show how wrestling crazy this area is.  Looking forward to the event next year.

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